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Ten FATHOM Birthday Training Trip for a St. Louis Couple
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Our guests from St. Louis have scheduled their training trip during Michaelís 60th Birthday or as we term it his 10 Fathom Birthday.

As competitive sailors having raced in many regattas in the BVI and other Caribbean competitions they have decided to move over to the DARK SIDE and get a POWER BOAT for cruising in comfort. No more cold rainy nights at the helm. They want to cruise in comfort with their choice of an air conditioner or heater depending on the weather! And maybe even cruise the internet with an inverter supplying 110 volt power until evening when they start the generator. WOW, life in the slow lane.

During their week visit we toured through our entire vessel systems including engine cooling, air conditioning, inverter/battery, GPS and Navigation Electronics. We even introduced them to DR, dead reckoning- the old reliable method of navigating using a magnetic compass, PAPER Charts and just plain looking out the window! Double WOW.

Sailboat racing is fun when you beat the other guy around the buoy. But, now that you want to see America there is no better way to travel than aboard a cruising power boat. You can anchor anywhere anytime and stay as long as you like. All your creature comforts are aboard keeping you comfortable without plugging into shore power.

A sugar-free cake (as requested by the mate-in-training) baked in the galley after a gourmet meal served on the back deck andÖ.Happy Ten Fathom to You!

Welcome Aboard for your ten fathom birthday!
Happy Birthday Michael!
Lots to learn before we leave the dock. An introduction to paper charts and basic navigation.
We learned about ICW markers with their yellow reflective sticker...
...How to tell the height of a bridge and what it looked like on the paper chart...
...The effect of wind on our trawler and telltales like this flag to see how strong the wind is blowing...
...why watching the weather is important and what to look for in the clouds....
We use a mock-up of an engine to explain many of the systems that support the engine. Here Diana changes a fuel filter.
What to look for in an impeller that has been damaged.
Michael learns about the impeller puller, a tool to properly remove an impeller without causing further damage to the interior of the system.
Looking through the raw water oil cooler you can see many tiny tubes which carry raw water to cool the engines.
Captain Chris demonstrates an effective way to coil a line before throwing.
Michael gets a perfect toss! Notice how neatly and evenly the line uncoils.
Diana gets in some practice of her own.
Navigating south on the ICW toward Sewall's Point in Stuart. Paper charts in hand help find our next day marker.
The electronic chart or GPS confirms what we see out of the window. The colors indicate land (yellow), land at super low tide (green), shallow water (blue) as compared with the channels and deeper water (white).
...and if we change the menu to find the local tide charts we see that the tide is falling...better not get out of the channel or we will run aground.
Anchor practice as often as we can. So many different water bottoms even within the state of Florida.
Lookie what we pulled up! The anchor was dragging so we lifted the hook to reset it and hopefully enjoy a worry free afternoon. This swim ladder was buried in the muddy bottom until we snagged it with our anchor.
Buried treasure from the deep....well maybe from about 10 feet deep at Peck Lake.
Settled in nicely with the anchor finally set well, we snap this photo of SANDY HOOK from our dinghy ride ashore.
Eye spy SANDY HOOK from the mangrove shoreline at Peck Lake.
A wonderful canopy of mangroves leads us on a very short walk through to a pristine white beach on the Atlantic Ocean.
WOW! What a view...
Back underway, a sailboat takes advantage of the right wind in the right direction to hoist his sails in the channel. No room to tack as the shoals are constantly shifting.
Michael does an engine room check before we start out the next day. All fluids are A-OK.
Diana starts the log book with information Michael reads from the dashboard instruments.
Each take a turn at the wheel- one captain and the other navigator.
Notice the red buoy is 8A which indicates that this was added after the original channel was set out. The shifting sands continue to creep out of the channel borders and this buoy marks a shoal to avoid.
This green day marker sits near the edge of another obvious sandbar. It is obvious only because we are here at low tide and the sun is shining to enhance the color difference due to the changes in depth.
A quick kayak ride before our last night at anchor.
Back at home port. What an adventure...a 10 Fathom Birthday Adventure!

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